The Marmalade Pantry (ION Orchard)

Average: 3 (1 vote)

High-end, posh brunches are what this place is all about. A favorite with ladies who lunch, expats and fashion types, The Marmalade Pantry has a brunch menu covering all the bases (think Eggs Benedict, French toast, freshly made juices and pastries), so if you need somewhere to recover after a big night out on the town, you know where to go.

This is still the place to see and be seen in, replete with tai-tais, fashionistas and the occasional executives and families who come here for the supremely delicious (and sinful) cupcakes, which it is most famous for. We were surprised to actually get seats here, even through we didn’t make any prior reservations, considering that there was a major fashion show taking place downstairs.

As usual, the crowd was (generally) beautiful. Make no mistake—the crowds do come here to be seen (the open layout certainly works)—so the main draw here isn’t really supremely great food (which it doesn’t quite deliver), as much as the posh vibe the place exudes.

While our salad to share of beetroot (with ricotta, chevre, caramelized walnuts and watercress) was refreshingly light and delicious, our mains generally left quite a bit to be desired. The signature avocado caesar wrap with potato salad on the side was almost inedible, especially since it came deep-fried like the local poh piah version (weight watchers had better stay away from this one). And the avocado portion inside was shockingly miniscule.

Our cappelini aglio olio, which came with bits of sakura ebi and white radish, was tasty though, and the choice of cappelini was a good one. But our oriental grilled king salmon with soba and scallions was just decent, and nothing more. Thankfully, our Nutella and Elvis cupcakes, especially the former with its addictive Nutella frosting, saved the evening, but just barely.

Seriously, don’t come here if you’re looking for really outstanding food (as opposed to average, or sometimes better-than-average fare), but that said, this is still a great place to simply chill out over desserts with friendly service—especially so if you’re togged in designer wear.

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Venue Details
Address: The Marmalade Pantry (ION Orchard), #03-22 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore, 238801 Singapore
Phone: 6734-2700
Area: Orchard
Cuisine: Deli / Takeaway / Take Out, Dessert, International
Price Range: $$
Open since: August, 2009
Opening hours: daily 10am-10pm
Reservation recommended, Parking available: at ION Orchard, Takeaway available
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